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2009-10-06 15:30:00

More than 2 million babies and their mothers die each year during childbirth, but the addition of better health care could save an estimated 600,000 lives annually, according to a study released Tuesday. Writing in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, researchers estimated that 230 babies die every hour from childbirth complications, many of which could be easily avoided with proper health care provisions. Researchers estimate that more than 1 million babies are stillborn,...

2009-09-03 12:06:22

The joys of motherhood for many women can also lead other new moms to experience postpartum depression and even worse "“ ideas for committing suicide. For these women contemplating taking their own lives, the mother-infant relationship and development was a negative experience, with greater mood disturbances, cognitive distortions, low maternal self-esteem, negative perceptions of their effectiveness as a new parent and noticeably less responsiveness to their infants' cues. Those are...

2009-07-17 16:34:23

More than half of new moms suffer postpartum ailments such as incontinence, a U.S. doctor says. Dr. Dee Fenner, director of the University of Michigan Health System's Healthy Healing After Delivery Program in Ann Arbor, says all too often new mothers are unclear about what is normal or abnormal, when to worry and when to just wait for healing to occur. Easily over half of women who have vaginal birth, at least their first birth, will have some problem in terms of bowel, bladder or sexual...

2009-05-26 06:00:00

- Discovery Health's Seventh Annual Programming Event Presents Baby Programming Nightly at 8 PM (ET/PT) from Sunday, June 14, through Friday, June 19 - SILVER SPRING, Md., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The stork drops by Discovery Health the third week of June to deliver the network's seventh annual BABY WEEK! From dangerous pregnancies, to surprise deliveries, to expectant mothers big and small -- this year's programming slate will captivate audiences with powerful, real-life stories sure to...

2009-05-23 12:28:13

A Belfast woman who had not undergone fertility treatments was in stable condition after giving birth to six babies, her doctors in Northern Ireland said. A team of 30 doctors and nurses delivered the babies Friday via Caesarean section within five minutes, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. We have planned very carefully for today and today went as well as we had hoped it would, said neonatal consultant Clifford Mayes, who oversaw the team. The four girls and two boys, born 14 weeks...

2009-05-17 10:29:30

Unnecessary Caesarean sections are increasing U.S. healthcare costs and the risks to mothers and newborns, health reform advocates said. A Caesarean section, once reserved for emergency birth, is the most common operation performed in the United States, accounting for 31 percent of all births, up from 4.5 percent in 1965. The United States has set a new record for Caesarean sections every year for more than a decade, despite a standing government goal to reduce such births, the Los Angeles...

2009-05-01 06:13:14

A British study finds that 25 percent of the babies delivered in English hospitals arrive by Caesarean section. A Caesarean section (surgical delivery) increases the risk for both the mother and the newborn, health officials say.The World Health Organization recommends that no more than 10 to 15 percent of deliveries be C-sections, limiting the operation to cases where it is medically necessary. The National Health Service reported there were 153,406 C-sections in England, or 24.6 percent of...

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2009-03-11 22:06:04

Anne Heche has given birth to her second son, the U.S. actress's publicist says. Born last weekend, Atlas Heche Tupper is the first child for Heche and her boyfriend, actor James Tupper, Usmagazine.com said. The couple met in 2006 on the set of their now-defunct TV series Men in Trees. Heche also has a 7-year-old son named Homer with ex-husband Coley Laffoon. The actress's divorce from Laffoon was finalized this week. Homer is very excited to be a big brother, a source told Usmagazine.com....

2009-03-03 11:43:56

Many women say they feel ignorant and ill-equipped to cope with motherhood because they live too far from close family, British researchers said. Dr. Angela Davis of the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick interviewed more than 90 women to discuss experiences of pregnancy, childbirth and childcare. Geographical mobility means that women today more often live further away from family, which means they are less likely to have relatives on hand, Davis said in a...

2009-02-24 21:49:28

More women are suffering severe problems arising from blood loss after delivery of a child, Australian researchers have found. Study leader Christine Roberts of the University of Sydney and Royal North Shore Hospital and colleagues studied the birth hospital discharge records of the 500,603 women who had children in New South Wales during the study period. We identified 6,242 women who suffered severe adverse outcomes, including 22 who died in hospital. Of the 6242, 67 percent had an...